(Jim Riggleman yucking it up. He'll be back for another season with the Nationals. UPI Photo by Gary C. Caskey via Newscom.)
Could've sworn the Nationals had made this announcement at least twice before the end of the 2010 season, but today it's really, really official:Jim Riggleman will return as manager in 2011. Bang, zoom, go the fireworks.
Next question: will Jim Riggleman still be around when Stephen Strasburg returns from Stephen Strasburg Tommy John Surgery in September?
In case you're interested, here's the text of the official press release from the Nationals:
NATIONALS ANNOUNCE THAT JIM RIGGLEMAN TO RETURN AS FIELD MANAGER IN 2011
The Washington Nationals today announced that field manager Jim Riggleman will return in 2011. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.
In 2010 under Riggleman, the Nationals increased their win total from 59 to 69. Washington’s 10-game improvement tied for the fourth-best in MLB this season and trailed only San Diego (+15), Cincinnati (+13) and Tampa Bay (+12).
Riggleman’s third season as Nationals skipper will be his 19th as a big league manager or coach, 17th in the National League. He has managed parts of 11 Major League seasons with Washington (2009-present), Seattle (2008), Chicago-NL (1995-99) and San Diego (1992-94).
The 57 year-old Riggleman was named the Nationals’ third field manager on Nov. 12, 2009. He first assumed the helm of the Nationals as interim manager on July 14, 2009.
Riggleman grew up in nearby Rockville, MD and is a graduate of Frostburg (MD) State University and Richard Montgomery (MD) High School.